November 17,  2011 Fall Samboree
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Good Sam Club of Florida, Inc. Fall
Samboree Legislative Report
Southern Palms RV Resort Eustis, FL
November 17, 2011

        The biggest piece of news effecting the largest segment of Rvers is the 3.6% increase in
Social Security payments starting in January 2012. The average payment increase will be $39.00

We have all been aware Medicare premiums will increase, however, the Part B forecast of $10.50
will be $3.50. If you have opted for Medicare Advantage, a 4% drop was announced last August.

        It will behoove us all to keep a very close eye on Congress and specifically, Representative
Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania and the Debt Free America Act or the Transform America Transaction
Fee bills constantly being introduced or re- introduced, whereby all financial transactions , with
very few exceptions, would be charged a fee.

        Bank of America has recently introduced a fee for use of their debit  card.

        In the October 21st edition of the Florida Times Union reported on the biggest study of
cellphone users by Danish researchers states “Don’t worry. Your device is probably safe.”

The Danish study of 350,000 people concluded there is no difference in cancer rates between
people who used a cellphone for about a decade and those who did  not.

        On Thursday, October 21st, the federal government laid out rules for a new program that aims
to improve patient care by getting doctors, hospitals and other care providers to work together

        On Sunday, October 23rd an article under the byline of Tony Pugh of McClatchy Newspapers
stated: “The leading program for America’s disabled workers is in a financial death spiral in the
aftermath of the Great  Recession.

“The sour economy, weak eligibility standards and a wave of aging baby boomers are driving an
explosive increase in the number of injured workers who receive disability benefits through the
Social Security Disability Insurance  program.”

“At the current growth rate, the SSDI trust fund, which pays for benefits, won’t have enough money
to meet its obligations in  2018.”

        Of extreme importance to many of our Good Sam members, is the following. In the same paper,
under the Nation Brief heading, a headline quotes: “Military health  care may be on the line.” “The
government’s promise of lifetime health care for the military’s men and women is suddenly a little
less sacrosanct as Congress looks for ways to slash trillion-dollar-plus  deficits.”

Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta says personnel costs have put the Pentagon, in his words, “on an
unsustainable course.”

“Veterans groups are mobilizing to fight any changes. They argue that Americans who were willing
to die for their country should be treated differently than the average worker.”

        Also in Sunday’s paper, under the byline of Bill Kaczor and the Associated Press, coming out
of Tallahassee, is this: “Florida’s statewide managed mediation program, designed to settle
residential foreclosure cases and clear a huge backlog in the courts, isn’t working as planned and
should be replaced with a local-option version and new administrative procedures, a special
judicial panel says.”

        On Monday, October 24, an Associated Press article, reporting out of Miami says, “The number
of Floridians who have had drivers’ licenses revoked because they are deemed physically or
mentally unfit has more than doubled in the past decade, according to state figures. The main
reasons many lose their driving privileges are related to dementia, stroke and seizure.”

The number of revocations in 2010 was 7,716 compared to 3,559 in 2000 and most were lost because
they didn’t submit more detailed medical information requested by the state to show they should be
able to drive.

        Of interest to Good Sam members living in rural areas where internet and TV service leaves a
lot to be desired, there is this announcement. A small column on October 28 th Times Union Money
pages stated: “Federal regulators have unveiled a plan for overhauling the $8 billion dollar fund
that subsidizes phone service in rural areas and for the poor. It redirects money toward broadband

        From the Washington Post in an article written by LaRue Huget states: Brand new research
finds that people who drink coffee are at reduced risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, the most
common form of skin cancer. And the more they drink, the lower the risk.

The research, presented Monday, October 23 rd, at a meeting of the American Association for
Cancer Research in Boston, looked at coffee consumption and the risk of three forms of skin
cancer - basal cell carcinoma, aqueous sell carcinoma and the more deadly melanoma - among
about 113,000 participants in two long-term health  surveys.

        VITAMINS: Is there such a thing as too much? The $27 billion industry has been scrutinized by
a controversial study.

There is no clear evidence that multivitamins lower the risk of cancer, heart disease  or any other
chronic health problems. And no government agency recommends them.

As a nutritional scientist, Jaakko Mursu, a researcher at the university of Minnesota, was surprised
by the results of his latest study: that dietary supplements actually increased the risk of death for
older women - even among those who were more health  conscientious.

Results of his research followed another study that found men taking high doses of vitamin E - 400
unit’s a day - for five years had a slightly increased risk of prostate cancer.

Mursu and his team studied more than 38,000 women, aged 55 or older, who took part in the Iowa
Women’s Health Study from 1986 to 2008.

Only calcium appeared to lower the risk of death, according to the  report.

        In the health and Fitness section of the Florida Times Union for November 2nd, came this little
zinger a couple of days after the biggest candy eating holiday of the year,  the Food and Drug
Administration encourages moderation if you enjoy snacking on licorice - especially black licorice.

If you’re 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could land you in
the hospital with an irregular heart rhythm or  arrhythmia.

The FDA says black licorice contains the compound glycyrrhizin, which can cause potassium levels
in the body to fall, when that happens, some people experience   abnormal heart rhythms, as well as
high blood pressure, swelling, lethargy and congestive heart failure.

Potassium levels are usually restored with no permanent health problems when consumption of
black licorice stops, the FDA says.

        From the Associated Press by Matthew Perrone’s by-line is this announcement.
Dermatologists will soon get some high-tech help deciding which suspicious-looking moles should
be removed and checked for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday, November 2 nd approved a first-of-its- kind
device, called MelaFind, that makes detailed digital images of skin growths and uses a computer to
analyze them for signs of cancer, offering a sort of second opinion to  doctors. The device is
approved only for dermatologists and only for use on growths that don’t have obvious signs of
cancer but still have one or two worrisome  traits.

        For those of us who are licensed Concealed to Carry firearms, it will behoove each of us to
keep close watch on the Obama/Holder situation unfolding in Washington, DC. This government gun-
smuggling scandal at the ATF involving Barack Obama's anti- gun attorney general Eric Holder just
keeps getting  worse.

News broke today that all White House communications on this matter have been subpoenaed.

This issue is white-hot among gun rights  activists In just a few short weeks, Barack Obama's hand-
picked, anti-gun Attorney General, Eric Holder, will be forced to testify before Congress about the
ATF's scandal, "Fast & Furious."

But this time, there is more evidence.

A number of Eric Holder's deputies may testify what you and I knew all along -- that Eric Holder was
well aware of the scandal. Others are also coming  forward.

"This was an effort by Barack Obama, Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano to make an aggressive
assault against our 2nd Amendment rights. I'm calling for Eric Holder’s resignation and
prosecution," an Arizona Sheriff recently stated.

Ten Arizona Sheriffs have joined the battle to hold Eric Holder accountable for his actions, which
have endangered innocent lives all along the border.

        So you’re driving and you start feeling sleepy. Do you pull over for some coffee or pull over
and take a short nap. Researchers find a coffee and a nap - in that order - is best refreshment. From
the pages of the Washington Post on November 3 rd.

Scientists call it ‘the caffeine nap’ because you first have some coffee and then you take a 115-,
imute nap. It works because the brain gets just enough rest during the time it takes  the caffeine to
kick in.

        Ben Bernacke, chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, warns growth of the economy to stay
‘frustratingly slow.’ The central bank predicts the economy will grow no more than 1.7 percent for
2011. For 2012, it foresees growth of about 2.7 percent. Both forecasts are roughly a full percentage
point lower than it’s June forecast. NOTE: All these people had to do was ask US, right???